Star Wars: Twice Excited

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by Wiki Erudito

 

I’d seen Star Wars, The Force Awakens, two different times. It took me a long time to consider how I felt about it. The film was not by George Lucas. No matter how much I tried to see it, it was a very different movie. It had some great shots, nice computer graphic work, strong alien concepts, diverse worlds, and a solid story. The characters in this movie, whether it was Rey, Daisy Ridley, Finn, John Boyega, or Kylo Ren, Adam Driver, were strong. You immediately understood the balance of Rey in the film. John Boyega’s character, for me, was someone to watch for in the films going forward. I loved the split within Adam Driver’s character. How could I forget Poe Dameron’s, Oscar Isaac’s, purpose in the story?

 

In the end, I hope these writers create arcs for all of these characters that are uplifting, but can and will pull the rug from under everyone’s feet. I enjoyed how the film felt very much like after the war. It was very much like after a World War, if it were in space. Though many compared the film to Star Wars, Episode 4, this film used the similar backdrop very well and established a different way in this universe. The surprise in the film seemed obvious when it arrived. When” it” happened, it was sad. The characters’ reactions were even better. There could be some solid foreshadowing because of it.

 

I loved the light saber fight scene, at the end, but wondered about one element in part of that scene. One character was not what they seemed. However, it begged a question. The definition of light saber, highlighted in Wikipedia, defined it as a weapon used by Jedi and Sith, who are skilled, and use it for combat and defense. A major character handled one, but I wondered what their part was going to be in this film series. It might not be anything. Different rules are could be applied in this universe. However, it would be cool if something more could be made of the character. Star Wars, The Force Awakens, is solid. It just needed to be solid.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Not The Avengers…In Space

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It is a story in its own skin. That is what Guardians of the Galaxy represents. I look at Bradley Cooper, who played Rocket, in the film. The actor came in and took on a feral character, with a mad man’s tendency, and plays it to enjoy it, and create depth. The idea that he could play, or might be up for, a part in the Indiana Jones films, in the future, is exciting.

Though, if Indiana Jones passes the torch, to a different character, in Indiana Jones’ world, that Bradley Cooper can play, as his own role, with stories and adventures, it might be really great. Indiana Jones is his own character and shares parts of his story in the cinema. A Bradley Cooper adventurer could do the same. It is, after all, about the character, and those differences, that make entertainment.

Guardians of the Galaxy is solid. The characters, from Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana, as Gamora, Bradley Cooper, as Rocket, Dave Bautista, as Drax and Vin Diesel, as Groot, work in the galaxy, as a close-knit group, and tell the story of five individuals, who combine their causes, in order to save the universe. Each actor, and actress, along with supporting characters, play and enjoy their parts.

It is this aspect of the film, just in space, that makes it better. It seems routine. While some characters, and aliens, look peculiar, the movie does the job and tells the story of the five individuals who rise to the call of a great threat. It is fun. It is unique. It is epic, but usual. The action in the film is good. The comedy in the film is above, and over, what you would expect. I really like this movie, however dread what it represents.

There are two concerns. One concern is more copycat films, in space, may come out of Hollywood. I mean the bad copycat, but look; it is like your movie experience previously. I hope it is clear Guardians of the Galaxy is not a remake. It is an experience for those actors, actresses, and for the cinema, at the time. Move on to the next picture.  

It also represents more of what Hollywood needs in bigger movies. This movie is in space. It does not apologize for it, but embraces it. It has characters with complex lives, which also mirrors the different aspects of every individual. The story plays, the adventure roles forward and nothing is too extreme. It is just what people need to see.

I see this movie and I go back to what Green Lantern, as a movie, represents. It is great because it is the first Green Lantern film on the big screen. It is also a series of three-dimensional tests and almost opportunities in both character, and style. Guardians of the Galaxy plays, is fun, does not change what it says, and asks the audience to sit back and enjoy a movie for what the content represents, a good story from the comic book world.

The Summer of 2014 Needs a Light saber

This summer, there are massive turtles that are agile, and fight evil in the movie theaters. There is a movie about transforming robots in the midst of battle. There are humans,that are mutants, that fight a war throughout time. There is a plan for aliens to combine their efforts and defend a galaxy with skill, aggression and weapons. There is even a movie about a man who has to learn a lesson over, and over, to stop an alien threat. 

Nevertheless, I still want to see a light saber battle this summer. 

In the end, it is this clear clash between good and evil that will suppress my appetite. However, it is not just a basic evil, at first. The individuals who play the evil are delivered through trickery, fate and deliberate feeling. The good is not just some ultimate good, initially. Those who choose to be good take a higher path, stray from an evil path or simply play a part until fate tells them the next step.

It plays out as two forces, on two different paths, that clash because universal law tells them. In the initial Star Wars films, I almost feel like this battle has never played out in strong enough detail. I recall a character Obi Wan Kenobi, willfully placed himself before a character, Darth Vader. They had a history. Darth Vader had been on the path of good but lost his way. Obi Wan was a Jedi Master coming into his own. 

They would clash, one final time. Obi Wan Kenobi sacrificed himself for the greater good.He fought Vader but played a part to an end.  I sometimes wish, not to play out so much like Dragonball Z, the more mature, good and evil Jedi would emit great forces, and their great imprints, in a battle, on film, in order to clash in a great powerful, but vivid battle. This would be their final days, and final battles,  in defense of their specific path. 

It comes out in the games, like Knights of the Old Republic. I just think I want to see a great light saber battle in the cinema. It is not harmless, either. While the prequels choreographed some great fights, I want to see a different kind of battle.  It is not on a great video on Youtube. It is in a galaxy far, far way. It is two characters, that know their paths but do not necessarily know their fates. It is no misunderstanding. 

It is an initial action that becomes pure aggression. it is a choice to fight, and lock yourself to, an enemy in close quarters no matter how dirty it gets.  It is a battle that permits each character to pulse with their specific energy.  It is a fight  that continues as a fire, in a clash of red and blue blades. It is a brawl that permits the use of moves like the force push and sinister electric pulses to trick the enemy.  The battle shows the searing of flesh, that starts to spell the end of one body or another. It is a battle that goes on just long enough.

I imagine that is the battle between two Master Jedi, at opposite ends of the force.  It is not however in the movie theaters. It has not been in the theaters. This will not change until the summer of 2016. A new Star Wars is coming. In the Fall 2014, possibly in close connection with the new movies, Disney will show Star Wars Rebels. This animated show will be the next closest thing to the Star Wars movies and could contain the very light saber battle I long for. 

The Blood Fluctuates Within the Star Wars Universe

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I had come to see the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie is cool. I found it interesting that the evil infestation, in this movie, had come from within a “decent” organization and corruption, of the whole, creates a new path for all those it affects.

In an initial movie, Captain America fights evil with a specific intent to create, an initiate, a new peaceful world. The reality is Captain America will fight, and fight, but will only beat back this evil, temporarily. The evil will exist forever. The evil will redefine itself, turn it over and rise to counter good and get to its own outcome, a new world of evil hope. The reality of evil is good will forever fight the evil.

In a galaxy far, far away, the reactions to the Emperor’s fall into a reactor shaft, on the Death Star, sets a possible end to the reign of the Empire, the end of evil. There is some relief at the end of Return of the Jedi. It is finally over. The man with the power-driven talons is gone. What excites me is just what could spark a new Sith arrival. The fear of not punishing, and not stopping evil, creeps up our spines. New youthful faces, and wiser, past characters will draw new lines in the sand. It’s not done?

The relationships and emotions, in these films, will drive many viewers to connect, or not, to a new era of good versus evil. Sith might battle the Jedi.

The actors will work hard, the screenplay will flow, and the film direction will drive everyone to see these new Star Wars films as just simple pieces or new classics. It is bad to want it, but the Sith, the dark side, might come back, even harder, to remind everyone peace is a privilege. I love the idea this is happening. Everyone who loves Star Wars does.

It is rewritten. The acting happens as we speak. Light sabers might clash. The creatures come to life. The droids ignite. The worlds come to life. There is something about this time and space. The right motives, or wrong motives, will write this story. Characters will take a stand.

Come December 2015, the movie screen will be ready, the story will play out, a hand, in the dark, and one in the light, will shock the universe. The peanut butter, chocolate and other sweet treats will enlighten out senses, the buttery popcorn will warm our hands, and cold drinks will quench our thirst and emphasize our real chills. Star Wars is back.

I Love Sports Will

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 The National Basketball Association’s playoffs are great. They pit players that will their wants, against one another to prove who the best is. In my personal opinion, I believe a team, not the Miami Heat, can win the seat as the best team in the association. This team will face a challenge; they will hit a limit, and see, within their system and skill, a way to clutch that championship.

I love Philadelphia sports. The city’s professional sports teams exist in a tough climate, with pressure from the fans and the media. The five sports teams, in baseball, American football, basketball, hockey and football, or soccer, all must produce championship teams, annually. It has been a while since these teams have won. The Philadelphia Phillies got it in 2008. The team pushed their way into the championship. They got a parade. They won the fan and media praise.

It seems like that one championship, while fun, was not enough for a tough city. Six years later, the five of these teams will again push to get a championship in 2014. The reality is a championship will come if all the components of the team fit. The teams will succeed if they have durability, power, great skill, and more passion than the other teams in their leagues. Every Philadelphia sports team will have to outwork their opponents. From the first game to the final championship game of the season, the team that wills a win will get it. It can be done, but the passion has to be there.

Watch a documentary, We Could Be King. You get to see how a high school, Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, takes players from another closed school, a hated rival in Germantown High School, and creates a culture that breeds not only a powerful championship football team, but a Mecca for academic success, through the hard times. It makes you wonder what the professional teams can do to one up this success.

It is not an intramural contest. However, it is a question. Can these professional teams get to a certain plateau under their own dire circumstances?

The reality is King High School saw the chance to get a championship and took it under dire circumstances. What can the professional sports teams do to best the teams and players, from their team’s past, for seasons to come? How can players within their organizations push their organizations to make the right decisions for their teams and make a championship the only reality, every year?

It is going to take a different kind of motivation, clearly. I suggest the teams make a pact with one another. I also suggest the teams make a bet with the city’s media.

They can bet the two teams that win a championship in the same season, in the next five years, can determine, for six months after the championships, what the Philadelphia media prints, says, or does in Philadelphia sports media. Philadelphia’s media are as tough, if not tougher than its fans. Their directive is clear. They get the facts and apply the pressure necessary to create a culture for the Philadelphia sports teams to understand they must win it all or lose, while everything else is unacceptable. The teams that will get championships in the next year, or a few years, can disarm this media.

I believe this could be good for the city. It could be good for the sport teams. This can help create a culture where building champions can become a common theme in Philadelphia.

 

Seth MacFarlane Indicates A Great Many Things

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I get to listen to a program on Philadelphia’s WIP, 94.1. On the program, at six at night on weekdays, a personality, Josh Innis, who proclaims himself the King of Morons and Derelicts, talks about Philadelphia sports , but also adds a new flavor, and sometimes fun, to Philadelphia sports talk. He goes into his usual talk about sports, but mixes in his experiences, thus far, in Philadelphia. He goes into an experience where he listens to another Philadelphia station, known for Hip-hop, and Rhythm and Blues, and how they abuse a horn sound effect for the benefit of the listener; really, it is just as lame as their selection of repetitive music.

The bit brought something out of me. It is something that bothered me for a while. I like Josh as a radio host, and hope he stays in Philadelphia, but is more careful of the audience in this diverse city. Josh provides not only an expanse knowledge of sports in this town, but also a perspective based on his personal experiences. While it may be common for him to talk about a horn sound from another radio station, in some other city, in another part of Philadelphia, people just do not care. If you tell people about it, they will hold a bias against it, and you.

The article’s title starts with the name Seth MacFarlane. I truly like the work MacFarlane tries to do, at times. In some cases, in his work, he highlights hilarious topics. The content also takes a turn for the worst. The show Family Guy is a dumb, but fun, program. Family Guy delivers both content that is taboo, funny and topical, but with an opinion. The Cleveland Show is wrong on all levels. It is also part of an opinion. In both Innis and MacFarlane, I think what I am trying to say, those with an opinion, and given a media voice, deliver their content in the way they feel is best.

Sometimes, though, when they deliver that opinion, it is just their opinion, but the platform they deliver it on could, and should, be a place to deliver their content with kid gloves. I think kid glove is an understatement. The more extreme of kid gloves is what you can use to deliver your good news. It is not right. It should not be but it is. Any other way puts you in a place for criticism, threats, etc. I recall the movie Django Unchained. I will not watch the movie. It can be said Django Unchained and 12 Years A Slave counterbalance one another.

I just believe, though, an African American director should deliver a African American action hero, in oppression, in their opinion, to the silver screen in the same light as Django Unchained. If it has been done, it has not been done with the same glory found in Quentin Tarantino’s films. When that happens, I can watch Django Unchained and feel good about it.

If Tarantino, is left to deliver the film, in his opinion, it is just his opinion, on topics, and experiences he knows, from his perspective, a magnified, personal, perspective. But, it gets the same press as any other box office action film, which will be what remains in the mind of the viewer. A more wholesome, magnified, opinion, from various perspectives, that speaks to all sides of a greater topic, in any media, would be better.

Seth MacFarlane plans a film for this summer, A Millions Ways to Die in the West. In the comedic western, where the main character fears the West but learns to change, his ways, in the end, the film takes, or took, risks in the content it presents.

In the film’s exclusive screening, on December 20, 2013, a shooting gallery, with slaves, exists in the film, whether it be in the theater, part of some of the film’s extras for Blu-Ray, DVD, or on the cutting room floor. This scene could be in the movie because there are no African Americans in the film. This can be taken, as someone’s attempt to highlight what he, or she, thinks is funny. It is an opinion, of a greater topic, in a film from only one perspective.

In the end, it is the creator’s right to choose what they put in their media, that is either their radio show, television program or film, but the hope is a more wholesome opinion, on greater topics, gets presented.

Before there was The Grandmaster, a film supported by Martin Scorsese, but directed by Wong Kar Wai, there was a movie called Ip Man, directed by Wilson Yip. While both films talk about Yip Man, they present it in different ways.